Molly started riding lessons in seventh grade and her parents leased a horse for a year when she was 14 years old. But Molly knew she was destined to do more and was willing to work for it. She got her first horse at 15 and worked at a pet store and cared for other people’s horses to fund it. She was interested in barrel racing from the start but focused on horsemanship before barrel racing. Now she trains horses professionally and even qualified for the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo three years in a row.
One key to Otto’s success as she developed more into a trainer has been following her own unique style and way of doing things. “Just stay in your own lane and not watch what everybody else is doing and just do the things that you know work for you,” Otto said. “The one thing I’ve learned along the way, in my whole life, is that when it’s your time, there’s nothing that’s going to stop it from happening, and if that’s God’s plan for you, it’s going to happen and there’s nothing you can do to make it happen. God has perfect timing. All you have to do is just show up and do your best.”